Author to talk about local agricultural history

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Timothy Thoresen

(Posted Feb. 1, 2019)

Timothy Thoresen, a historian and anthropologist, will give a presentation about the area’s early agricultural history at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Houston Library, 5 W. Jamestown St., South Charleston

Thoresen’s newest book is “River, Reaper, Rail: Agriculture and Identity in Ohio’s Mad River Valley 1795-1855.” Copies will be available for purchase after the program for $40.

Thoresen earned his PhD in American Civilization at the University of Iowa. His recent teaching has been on the history of Ohio at Urbana University and Wright State University. He is active as a trustee of the Champaign County Historical Society and lives in Springfield.

For more about his talk at Houston Library, call (937) 462-8047.

Other upcoming events at library include:

  • Winter/Spring Storytime. Sessions are set for 11 a.m Thursdays through May 9 and are for children ages 2 to 4 years old and their parents or caregivers. Children will participate in stories, singing, movement activities and making a craft to take home, all while learning to interact with other children. Call the library to sign up if your child did not participate in the fall sessions. Storytime will be held regardless of local school closings.
  • LEGO Club. School-aged children are invited to get creative with LEGOs the second Monday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Upcoming dates are Feb. 11, March 11, April 8 and May 13. The library provides all supplies. Creations will be left on display at the library between sessions so that children can bring their family and friends to see their masterpieces.
  • Hearty Party Family Fun Night. Families with school-age children are invited to a Valentine-themed evening at 6 p.m. Feb. 14. Play Cupid’s Arrow and Valentine Bingo, watch a science experiment, make a heart bookmark and enjoy a snack.
  • After-School Movie. At 4 p.m. Feb. 28, watch a video game villain brave the Internet to help his friend fix her candy-themed game. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the Internet where they must rely on the citizens to help navigate the way.

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